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GPs' personality brings on burnout

Postgraduate deaneries are being forced to postpone new foundation training courses for potential GPs because of Government budget cuts.

Deaneries said they were struggling to find savings that would not affect existing GP training after ministers ordered them to make savings of up to 3 per cent.

The Yorkshire deanery said the Government had not identified funding for the two-year foundation programme – part of the 'Modernising Medical Careers' overhaul of training – so it had put plans to run the course on hold.

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Dentistry in Newcastle said it was in talks with the Department of Health on reducing its budget by £2.8 million this year.

Dr Arthur Hibble, director of postgraduate GP education at the Eastern deanery in Cambridge, said all deaneries had been asked to make cuts but ministers had ordered them to maintain GP training places.

RCGP chair Professor David Haslam said: 'Good exposure to general practice in the second year of the foundation programme would be of real benefit. It would be a tragedy if due to lack of funding this opportunity was lost.'

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